University of Wyoming students interested in conducting research don’t have to wait until they're in graduate school to do so. All across campus, undergraduates are participating in world-class research projects and gaining hands-on experience in multiple fields.
Undergraduate research is a fantastic way for students to apply concepts learned in the classroom in a real-world setting. It also helps students develop valuable personal and professional skills, make important connections with faculty, and bolster their resumes—especially if they are looking at pursuing a higher degree. At UW, there are multiple programs that help undergraduate students get involved in exciting research projects. Here are just a few.
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program
Aimed at high-school seniors graduating at the top of their class, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences selects students to enter the Undergraduate Engineering Scholars Program. Those chosen will have unique opportunities to help in conducting world-class research. For more information about the program, the scholarship it offers and how to apply, check here.
McNair Scholars Program
The McNair Scholars Program is dedicated to helping undergrads prepare for study at the doctoral level. The program is especially focused on those students from groups that are typically underrepresented in graduate education, and allows undergrads opportunities to engage in research and begin working on skills that will prepare them for the doctoral level of their education. Each year, 12 to 16 undergrads are selected to participate in the McNair Scholar Program. Junior Austin Morgan from Cheyenne was selected to be a McNair Scholar in 2016.
“My participation in the McNair Program has given me the tools to be a competitive applicant to a Ph.D. program,” Morgan says.
To find out more about the McNair Scholars Program, click here.
INBRE UW Undergraduate Research Fellowships
For undergraduate students in mathematics and biological/physical science fields, the INBRE program can provide support and opportunities to work on biomedical-related research projects. Students accepted into the INBRE program are guided in their research by a mentor, and gain hands-on experience that will aid them throughout their education. They will even have a chance to present their research at Wyoming Undergraduate Research Day! A total of four scholarships are awarded by the INBRE program each semester. To learn more, look here.
EPSCoR Undergraduate Research Fellowships
The goal of EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) is to enable Wyoming to be competitive in science and technology at the national level and to build science and engineering education. The program offers undergraduates opportunities to participate in quality research in fields including biological and physical sciences, social science, engineering, mathematics and health science. Such research gives students invaluable experience and helps prepare undergrads for advanced degrees. Scholarships are awarded each semester, and programs run throughout the year. UW EPSCoR also hosts the annual Wyoming Graduate Research Day, which will be held on April 29 in 2017. Find out more about EPSCoR’s opportunities for undergrads here.
Wyoming Research Scholars Program
This program pairs undergraduate students with faculty members across campus as a part of the UW Science Initiative. Such students will be able to participate in cutting-edge research in order to jumpstart their science education and learn valuable skills that will set them apart from the crowd. Interested in learning more about the Wyoming Research Scholars Program? Click here.
Wyoming Nasa Space Grant Consortium
Have you ever dreamed of working for NASA? The Wyoming Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) is a great place to start! Undergrads interested in pursuing careers in engineering can earn fellowships from WSGC, especially those participating in Senior Engineering Design Projects. To find out more, look here.
If you are interested in any of these programs, or want to find out more about undergraduate research opportunities at UW, follow the links above and talk to your academic advisor to get involved today! Take it from McNair Scholar, Morgan:
“My decision to do research was one of the most pivotal decisions in my formative academic years. It has taken me to new heights, and to places I never thought I’d be: conferences, classrooms, and the like. I strongly encourage anyone with an iota of interest to get with an advisor and find out how to get involved.”
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